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of flight delays, as the faa scrambles to make due with fewer air traffic controllers. some of the nation's busiest airports fell behind because federal budget cuts have resulted in furloughs across the faa. delays are ranging from 15 minutes to several hours. >>> the record rainfall and flooding that's inundating much of the midwest is far from over. in peoria, the illinois river is cresting today, expected to hit nearly 30 feet. the problem is flood stage is only 18 feet. mississippi and other river towns are seeing similar swamping. near st. louis, more than 100 barges broke free, some smashing into bridges. at least ten of them sank. >>> and there's evidence that we are not exaggerating about the water levels. here it is. take a look at a fish swimming by someone's office window. that's in grand rapids. the river there crested at nearly 22 feet. >> my goodness. >> yikes. >>> today's forecast for the flood zone won't be a welcome one. plan on plenty of rain stretching from south texas all the way to the great lakes. and in the northern-most spots it will be snowing again today. as much
an hour long. >> reporter: the faa is blaming the delays on across-the-board budget cuts which, it says, forced it on to furlough 15,000 air traffic controllers and other workers and were spacing out flights in the name of safety. several hundred flights delayed, less than the agency's prediction of 6,700 daily flight delays. but transportation secretary ray lahood warns abc, we might see an airplane apocalypse yet. >> we did not take into account weather activities. these delays could get extended beyond the 60 to 90 minutes. >> reporter: late monday, i decided to investigate the delays myself. taking a round-trip from miami -- not bad. taking off about 25 minutes late. to orlando -- it looks like we're about to take off about 50 minutes late. not too bad given the circumstances. and back. now, a lot of folks back in there gripe that probably the airports that the politicians and congressmen use, washington national, probably didn't have too many delays. it did. delays up to two hours. airline analysts say if this persists through the summer, we could see ticket prices start to rise. r
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